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Time is ticking

Children feel so proud of themselves when they’ve learned to tell the time. You can use these games and activities to help them with time-keeping, and keep them focused.

What's the time Mr Wolf?

The next time your child has some pals round, they could play 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf stands at one end of the room and the players at the other. Mr Wolf turns his back while the others shout 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf answers with a time (4 o'clock for example) and the players then take 4 steps towards him. They keep asking the question until he shouts 'Dinnertime' and tries to catch a player.

Stop the clock

For a quick game using a clock, or the timer on your mobile phone, ask your child to find as many green items as they can in the living room in 30 seconds. To mix it up, change the amount of time you have, the room that you're looking in and the colour you choose. Why not join in yourself, and take it in turns to time each other as you move from room to room. It’ll keep you both fit too.

Ready, steady, go!

Why not try using a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child measure how long it takes to do some short activities - for example, tidy up toys, wash your hands, brush your hair. They’ll be done in record time.

Hang on! Try my amazing Read ideas.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Handy tips

Even mealtimes can turn into storytimes. Ask your child to create a story about the Cutlery family – with characters like Peggy Plate, Jamie Knife, Fiona Fork and Baby Spoon.

Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.

Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!